The Local Calendar 1/30/14 Green Grocer 6th Anniversary, Cider Summit, Green City Market

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Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

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As January closes, it may take the prize this year for being the cruelest and coldest month of 2014. Right when you thought the term “polar vortex” was never to be heard again, back it comes to slap you in the face, literally, with that frigid air. At least the local calendar chugs along with lots to do indoors, to taste, sip, learn, buy and experience. If you are looking for more information, help with an urban garden, you want to connect with urban gardeners and farmers, the Advocates for Urban Agriculture listserve is always full of information from a wide variety of groups and people who are really actively involved in all aspects of urban agriculture.

Congratulations Green Grocer on your 6th Anniversary and providing a place where people can buy food that is GMO free. Stop by tonight to sip a cocktail and try a little of their food. Chicago will be ground zero for artisanal cider next weekend(checkout the other cider events ahead of the Summit), February 8th is the Cider Summit at Navy Pier. It is a chance to meet the producers and taste a broad spectrum of artisanal ciders from around the world! Get to the Green City Market at the Nature Museum or the Morton Grove Market or the Logan Square Market or the Faith In Place Market in Hyde Park. There are markets all over the city this weekend for you to stock up on some local offerings. So now on to the week ahead:

                                                                                             The Sustainable Week Ahead

January 30

Chicago – Green Grocer 6th Year Anniversary Party – 8-10pm 1402 W. Grand Ave. To appreciate the moment and have some fun they have put together a nice evening of wine, spirits and food with two of their favorite vendors: Candid Wines and Journeyman Spirits.  And they will be offering $6 all the bottles they are tasting which is a sweet bit of customer appreciation. We love their tag line, “thank you for shopping local, organic and non-GMO!”

Chicago – Passport To Cider - Hosted by Hail To The Ail at Hopleaf 7pm 5148 N. Clark  If you’re curious about hard cider and are looking to expand your knowledge, this evening is for you. You’ll  have the chance to learn about ciders from England, Scotland, France, Spain and the US. Cider expert Brian Rutzen will take you through the history and process of cider making. Sample ciders and meet the folks from Shelton Brothers, Paramount Merchants, Louis Glunz, B. United and Artisanal Imports. Light snacks will be provided.

Chicago - Journeyman Distillery 3 Course Bar event - 6pm Uncommon Ground 3800 N Clark St Uncommon Ground hosts Journeyman Distillery for a 3-course bar event featuring specialty cocktails paired with brussels sprout salad, maine bay scallops, Florida shrimp and more. $30 per person.

February 1

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Chef demonstration 10:30-11:30am Noah Sandoval Senza. For the winter months, markets will take place:  2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

Chicago - Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

Chicago - Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Coop - Jane Addams Hull House 10am – 3pm

Chicago - Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park 5500 Woodlawn Ave.

Elgin - Winter Market Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building (2/1, 3/1, 4/5)

February 2

Chicago – Thriving Cultures Workshop – Held by WeFarmAmerica at The Green Exchange – 1pm 2545 West Diversey Learn about fermented foods!

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market  10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Winter Farmers Market -

February 5

Chicago – Soup and Bread runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia 5:30pm – 8pm Their theme this week is “Mac N Cheese” — You never know who you will run into or is making soup, if you are in the neighborhood stop by!! Bread provided by Publican Quality Meats and Crumb Bread. Pay what you can donations.

SAVE THE DATE

February 6

Chicago – James Beard Dinner at Balena – According to Chicago Eater Chris Pandel and company continues to draw big culinary names into Balena and The Bristol. The latest is a James Beard chef dinner on Feb. 6 at Balena, featuring courses by Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto in NYC), Andrew Carmellini (Lafayette in NYC), Gerard Craft (Niche in St. Louis), and Chris Cosentino (Incanto in San Francisco). Six total courses with wine pairings cost $115; call Balena for reservations.

February 7 -8

Chicago – Pioneers in Ecological Medicine Training - Brought to you by EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center, with the cooperation of High Falls Foundation, Inner Ecology, FamilyFarmed.org, and Growing Power. The training is aimed at providing professional growers with the practical know-how needed to introduce East Asian traditional medicinal plants as specialty crops. The primary facilitator, Jean Gibletter, is a veteran grower of these plants with decades of experience. Specific topics reviewed will include: 1) Selecting crops appropriate for your ecological setting; 2) Germination, propagation, and seed-saving; 3) Harvesting and processing; 4) Assessing and managing production risks; 4) Tools and equipment needed; 5) Records and calculations of production costs; 6) Quality control; 7) Marketing, legal and regulatory issues. Workshop attendance is limited to professional farmers located within the Eastern Forest region. If you are uncertain as to whether you meet this criteria, please contact us directly. 2013 PEM alumni are welcome to register for this training at a reduced rate.

February 8

Beverly – Second Annual Beverly Seed Swap - 3 to 4:30pm BAPA Community Room 11109 S. Longwood, Chicago Parking in East side lot.

Plainfield - Faith In Place Winter Market – 10am – 2pm Plainfield United Methodist Church 15114 S Illinois St.

February 9

Lincoln Square – Softies & Stinkers Cheese Class 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2132 W. Leand Ave.

February 11

New!!  Chicago – Our Beef With The Livestock Industry – An Evening to Inspire Change 6-7:30pm Sopprafina Marketcaffe 10 N. Dearborn Sponsored by Environment Illinois, Prairie Rivers Network, Food & Water Watch, Illinois Environmental Council

February 14

Chicago – Valentines Wood & Wine Make It Take It for couples – 2:30pm – 5:30pm Rebuilding Exchange  Make your board and then take it home with a bottle of wine. This cutting board project is the perfect introduction to working with wood. Students will leave with a beautiful finished piece made from Urban Ash and get the opportunity to use a router, drill press, and orbital sander to shape their cutting boards. Lastly we will use walnut oil to achieve a hand-rubbed finish. All of the ash trees in North America are dying as a result of the emerald ash borer beetle. Here’s your chance to make something with this beautifully figured hardwood before its all gone.

February 15

New!! Chicago – Eat Your Heart Out  - 6:00 pm to midnight The Chop Shop and 1st Ward 2033 W North Avenue  $50 per ticket includes 2 complimentary drinks! Join 4 butchers, 3 bands, and 3 comedians for a sensory experience that pairs food, music, and cocktails!  Watch as our Butchers demonstrate their cutlery skills and prepare dishes from a pig, goat, lamb, and cow. Rock out to White Mystery, Blasted Diplomats, and SoftSpeaker throughout the night, and be entertained by local comedians during the butchery presentations. Ticket price includes a culinary sampling from each animal, two complimentary drink tickets, and a full night of live entertainment! Butchers with Knives, Bands, Girls in Red Dresses, with full bar – what can go wrong?

Chicago – Hog Break Down Class Red Meat Market – Learn about sustainably meat, how to breakdown a hog, eat a great meal and take home A LOT of meat!

Oak Park – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am -1pm Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church 405 S Euclid Ave.

February 16

Logan Square - Raclette Party  7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N. California

February 18

Orland Park – Meet The Buyer Event Cook County Farm Bureau  9am – 4pm Orland Park Civic Center

February 19

New!! Chicago – Food Patriots World Premier Chicago Cultural Center – 5:30pm – 8:30pm Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E. Washington Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, Jeff and Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food and transform into Food Patriots. Join them for the world premier as well as dinner catered by Chipotle and Paramount events. For dinner, RSVP here, movie seating is first come first served. Watch the trailer.

Springfield – 11th Annual Composting Symposium - Lincoln Land Community College

February 22

Arlington Heights – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 1234 N Arlington Heights Rd.

February 23

Chicago – Poutine Fest 2 – This wil sellout the way Doughnut Fest has soldout. Chicagoans love food FESTs in the winter!

Chicago – Food Patriots Screening at Temple Shalom – 12:30pm – 2:30pm Temple Sholom 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Sponsored by Faith In Place

February 26

New!!! Chicago – Winter’s Hard Eat Your Pancakes -7-10pm 6338 N. Clark St.  The Stew Supper Club presents another awesome dinner at Sauce and Bread Kitchen.

February 27

New!!! Logan Square – Seeds For Success:A Benefit for the Plant Chicago – 6-9pm Revolution Brewery Tap Room 3340 N. Kedzie Plant Chicago, NFP is excited to announce Seeds For Success, a fundraiser at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room to celebrate another great year of promoting closed loop food production and building reuse at The Plant!  The event will include:  light dinner fare and dessert, craft beers from Revolution Brewery, a silent auction with items from local Chicago businesses, raffle prizes from event sponsors

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival The agendas are set, lots of great seminars, speakers, food, beverages and more.

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show

March 22

Morton Grove - Spring Farmers Market – 9am -2pm Morton Grove Civic Center

March 23

Logan Square - Cheese & Wine Pairing 101 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N California Richard & Nicole Benjamin showcase a carefully-curated selection of wines & cheeses while talking about general pairing guidelines, and stories behind their products & the people who make them. Join them for a fun evening in the fashion of an informal dinner party. Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

March 31

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

 




Register Today for the 2014 IFMA Farmers Market Workshops!

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Posted: January 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm

The Illinois Farmers Market Association (IFMA)  is planning four regional workshops in early 2014 in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension and the City of Aurora.   The theme of these workshops is “Grow yourself!  Grow your market!  Grow your business!”.   Locations and dates are listed below.  You can register online at: http://ilfarmersmarkets.org/

 There will be a chance to learn Farmers Market best practices, marketing, and management.  A wide range of speakers, locally sourced lunches, networking opportunities are also planned for these events.

Photo: IFMA

Photo: IFMA

The workshops will take place at four regional locations:

·       In the Chicago area– Thursday, February 20, 2014 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - North Island Center in  Aurora, Illinois    (Deadline to register – Feb 10th)

·        Mt. Vernon – Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ~ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm - University of Illinois Extension Office, Mt. Vernon, Illinois  -(Deadline to register February 26th)

·        Rockford – Thursday, March 20, 2014   9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Midway Village Museum Center, Rockford, Illinois  (Deadline to register is March 12th)

·        Springfield – Thursday, March 27, 2014   9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Erin’s Pavilion, Springfield, Illinois – (Deadline to register is March 18th)

Photo: IFMA

Photo: IFMA

 

According to the IFMA, they will soon be launching a new online Farmers Market training manual and will be sharing information about this at these workshops.  This new manual will help market managers and vendors address such questions as: What do I need to do to organize my market,  How can I attract vendors to your market?   What is the most cost effective and productive way to advertise for my market?  How does the new Illinois Cottage Food Law apply to your market?

Illinois Farmers Market Association:      http://ilfarmersmarkets.org/

Photo: IFMA

Photo: IFMA

 




The Local Calendar 1/16/14 Food Justice Vortex in Hyde Park, More Winter Markets

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Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

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I realize that everyone has had it with the words “polar vortex” but there truly is a sustainable food vortex (the other definition of vortex) at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Hyde Park, this Friday through Sunday. Here is the schedule.  From the keynote address, ” The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract” by Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Law School, The University of Chicago on Friday night, to a dream team of urban ag experts on Saturday designing an ideal community garden, to workshops ranging from indoor composting by Amber, The Urban Wormgirl, sustainable coffee by Richard Futrell of Counter Culture Coffee, to a cooking demo, “Sauerkraut and friends” on fermented foods on Sunday. More than 12 workshops will be held along with cooking demos, and it is all free and all of the workshops offer information that is easily transferred to home use.

It is that time of year to gain some urban ag knowledge and take classes, The Chicago Honey Coop is offering bee keeping classes January 25 and February 1. If you are looking for some “bee” inspiration here is a local blog about bee keepers in Noble Square, The HivelifeChristy Webber landscapes offer free classes on everything from urban planting, faerie gardens, seed starting, crop planning, vermicomposting and more. The documentary film Food Patriots is making its world premier at the Chicago Cultural Center on Feb 19th, reserve a spot.

The Art and Appetite show at the Art Institute continues through the end of January and Illinois residents get in free Monday through Friday through February 12. Re-Thinking Soup takes a look at this show on Tuesday. For foodies, farmies, foragers and even if you”re not any of those, the show has a lot of nooks and crannies to explore and through still lifes, shows the history of food production in the U.S. From the abundance of oysters at the beginning of the 19th century, to prohibition, the social dynamics of food, old menus, ads for food and more. The show is 4 years in the making so there are more layers to it than meets the eye. Some of your favorite Chicago chefs have aligned with a particular picture in the show and contributed recipes to an online cookbook, walk through the show and match the chef to the painting. The show closes January 27 so don’t delay.

The Green City Market is back in action at the Nature Museum on Saturday, Faith In Place is at Unity Temple in Oak Park, Dark Matter Brain Killer and Threadless present Art For The Day at the Threadless warehouse and on Sunday Logan Square continues, Re-thinking Soup is at the Art Institute Tuesday and the theme for Soup and Bread at The Hideout this Wednesday is Southern Comforts. The local calendar never stops, check it out below!

 

                                                                                             The Sustainable Week Ahead

Jan 16 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

January 17-19

Hyde Park - 5th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAMII The weekend starts off Friday night with a keynote on “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract.”  Keynote speaker Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Law School, The University of Chicago. Saturday includes a sustainability workshop lead by a “dream team of leading Chicago urbanag experts” Join them for a community design workshop comprised of expert growers and planners, who will design a one-acre, sustainable urban food forest with input from the audience and community partners. The distinguished group includes Erin Dumbauld, Farm Manager, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program; Ken Dunn, Founder and Director, Resource Center; Seneca Kern, Co-Founder of WeFarm America; Elan Margulies, Director Emeritus, Pushing the Envelope Farm; Dave Snyder of Chicago Rarities Orchard Project; and Michael Thompson, Co-Founder of Chicago Honey Co-op. Architect Robert Nevel, the founder of KAMII’s food justice and sustainability program and the synagogue’s president, will lead the workshop. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. Sunday continues with a day full of useful workshops that all are free.

January 18

Chicago – Dark Matter, Brain Killer and Threadless present Art Gives Me Hope – A Benefit for Hope For The Day – Threadless Warehouse – 1260 West Madison 12:30pm – 4pm

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  Chef demonstration 10:30-11:30am Corey Roettgers Uncommon Ground. For the winter months, markets will take place  2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

Chicago - Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

Elgin - Winter Market Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Oak Park - Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation 875 Lake St.

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building (2/1, 3/1, 4/5)

January 19

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market  10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

January 21

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup at The Art Institute – 12pm – 1pm  Ryan Education Center – Studio B 111 S. Michigan Ave.  Re-Thinking Soup is partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago to present a special soup on-the move program to kick off the 2014 series. Have you seen the Art Institute’s Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine exhibit? Come to Re-Thinking Soup on Jan. 21 and hear about exhibit’s major themes. Following soup you are encouraged to experience the exhibit for yourself, in its final week at the Art Institute. The Art and Appetite exhibit explores depictions of food in American painting. For this collaboration we will concentrate on food celebrations and representations of “Parties, Picnics and Feasts.” In addition to an overview of the exhibit by Allison Muscolino, Museum Educator artist Eric May will led us in a conversation about the local food gatherings he hosts with Piranha Club.

New!! Chicago – Food Photography with Hugh Galdones Apple Store  Michigan Ave. 7pm

New!! Chicago – Healthy Cuban Cooking with Fish – Dirks Fish 7:30pm – 9:30pm 2070 N. Clybourn

Evanston - Farmers Market in January - Found Kitchen and Social House 6:30pm 1631 Chicago

January 22

Chicago – Soup and Bread starts up for winter! It runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia 5:30pm – 8pm Their theme this week is “Southern Comforts” — something we all could use right about now. Soup cooks include: The Butcher and Larder, Chicagoist editor Chuck Sudo, Rich Kinczyk, Mark Smrecek, Marjorie Kovler Center occupational therapist Mary Black, Tangleweed’s Paul Wargaski, DJ Lawrence Peters. Bread provided by Publican Quality Meats and Crumb Bread. Pay what you can donations benefit the Marjorie Kovler Center http://www.heartlandalliance.org/kovler/

SAVE THE DATE

January 23

Chicago – SmallBar Division Collab Beer Dinner with Three Floyds Brew Pub – 7pm 2049 West Division

Evanston - NU Sustainability Food Talks – January Panel & Potluck Foodhubs The Business of Scaling Up Good Food Sourcing and Accessing  - 6-8pm 600 Foster St. Lower level Jim Slama President & Found FamilyFarmed.org, Linda Mallers Founder Farmlogix, Andrew Lutsey Co-Founder & CEO Local Foods

January 25

Chicago – Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Coop – Jane Addam Hull House 10am – 3pm

Chicago – 61st Winter Market at Experimental Station – 6100 South Blackstone Ave 9am -2pm (Markets 2/22, 3/22, 4/26)

New!! Park Ridge – Faith In Place Winter Market 9am – 1pm St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 205 N. Prospect Ave.

January 26

Chicago – Donut Fest - I guess Chicagoans like their doughnuts because this first annual festival is SOLD OUT already.

New!! Deerfield – Faith In Place Winter Market 10:30am – 2:30pm North Shore Unitarian Church 2100 Half Day Road

January 27

New!!  Chicago – Beer Hunter Screening at The Gage  – 6pm The Gage is honored to host the Chicago premiere of “The Beer Hunter”, a documentary about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson.  From 6pm-10pm sip on brews during this private screening and chat with their expert beer panel. They will discuss the craft beer scene, as well as the roll that Michael Jackson played. His books on beer and whiskey have sold millions of copies, and his 1993 Discovery Channel television series, “The Beer Hunter”, inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts such as panelists Jared Rouben, Master Brewer at Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Randy Mosher from 5 Rabbit Brewery, author of Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink and Pat Fahey, Master Cicerone and Exam Content Manager. Michael Jackson literally helped shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world.

January 28-29

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents a dinner with Pipeworks Brewing 7-10pm SBK Kitchen 6338 North Clark St.

January 29

WATCH Ryan Hutmacher The Centered Chef on ABC The CHEW for the search for the next Weight Watcher’s Chef Competition

Chicago - Slow Wine Guide US Tour Tasting – Spiaggia Join them for an evening of wine and discovery, at the Slow Wine US Tour: 3rd Edition. Using your own Slow Wine guide, a value of $25- included in the price of each ticket, you can taste your way through the regions of Italy, learning more about the quality, terroir and value of each wine. Join them to discover new wines and meet the people behind 70+ selected Italian producers who represent the Slow Wine values.

January 30

New!! ChicagoJourneyman Distillery 3 Course Bar event – 6pm Uncommon Ground 3800 N Clark St Uncommon Ground hosts Journeyman Distillery for a 3-course bar event featuring specialty cocktails paired with brussels sprout salad, maine bay scallops, Florida shrimp and more. $30 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 773.929.3680. Wrigleyville.

February 1

Chicago – Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Coop – Jane Addams Hull House 10am – 3pm

New!! Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park 5500 Woodlawn Ave.

February 6

Chicago – James Beard Dinner at Balena – According to Chicago Eater Chris Pandel and company continues to draw big culinary names into Balena and The Bristol. The latest is a James Beard chef dinner on Feb. 6 at Balena, featuring courses by Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto in NYC), Andrew Carmellini (Lafayette in NYC), Gerard Craft (Niche in St. Louis), and Chris Cosentino (Incanto in San Francisco). Six total courses with wine pairings cost $115; call Balena for reservations.

February 7 -8

Chicago – Pioneers in Ecological Medicine Training - Brought to you by EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center, with the cooperation of High Falls Foundation, Inner Ecology, FamilyFarmed.org, and Growing Power. The training is aimed at providing professional growers with the practical know-how needed to introduce East Asian traditional medicinal plants as specialty crops. The primary facilitator, Jean Gibletter, is a veteran grower of these plants with decades of experience. Specific topics reviewed will include: 1) Selecting crops appropriate for your ecological setting; 2) Germination, propagation, and seed-saving; 3) Harvesting and processing; 4) Assessing and managing production risks; 4) Tools and equipment needed; 5) Records and calculations of production costs; 6) Quality control; 7) Marketing, legal and regulatory issues. Workshop attendance is limited to professional farmers located within the Eastern Forest region. If you are uncertain as to whether you meet this criteria, please contact us directly. 2013 PEM alumni are welcome to register for this training at a reduced rate.

February 8

New!! Plainfield - Faith In Place Winter Market – 10am – 2pm Plainfield United Methodist Church 15114 S Illinois St.

February 9

Lincoln Square – Softies & Stinkers Cheese Class 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2132 W. Leand Ave.

February 11

New!!  Chicago – Our Beef With The Livestock Industry – An Evening to Inspire Change 6-7:30pm Sopprafina Marketcaffe 10 N. Dearborn Sponsored by Environment Illinois, Prairie Rivers Network, Food & Water Watch, Illinois Environmental Council

February 14

Chicago – Valentines Wood & Wine Make It Take It for couples – 2:30pm – 5:30pm Rebuilding Exchange  Make your board and then take it home with a bottle of wine. This cutting board project is the perfect introduction to working with wood. Students will leave with a beautiful finished piece made from Urban Ash and get the opportunity to use a router, drill press, and orbital sander to shape their cutting boards. Lastly we will use walnut oil to achieve a hand-rubbed finish. All of the ash trees in North America are dying as a result of the emerald ash borer beetle. Here’s your chance to make something with this beautifully figured hardwood before its all gone.

February 15

New!! Chicago – Eat Your Heart Out  - 6:00 pm to midnight The Chop Shop and 1st Ward 2033 W North Avenue  $50 per ticket includes 2 complimentary drinks! Join 4 butchers, 3 bands, and 3 comedians for a sensory experience that pairs food, music, and cocktails!  Watch as our Butchers demonstrate their cutlery skills and prepare dishes from a pig, goat, lamb, and cow. Rock out to White Mystery, Blasted Diplomats, and SoftSpeaker throughout the night, and be entertained by local comedians during the butchery presentations. Ticket price includes a culinary sampling from each animal, two complimentary drink tickets, and a full night of live entertainment! Butchers with Knives, Bands, Girls in Red Dresses, with full bar – what can go wrong?

Chicago – Hog Break Down Class Red Meat Market – Learn about sustainably meat, how to breakdown a hog, eat a great meal and take home A LOT of meat!

Oak Park – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am -1pm Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church 405 S Euclid Ave.

February 16

Logan Square - Raclette Party  7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N. California

February 18

Orland Park – Meet The Buyer Event Cook County Farm Bureau  9am – 4pm Orland Park Civic Center

February 19

New!! Chicago – Food Patriots World Premier Chicago Cultural Center – 5:30pm – 8:30pm Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E. Washington Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, Jeff and Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food and transform into Food Patriots. Join them for the world premier as well as dinner catered by Chipotle and Paramount events. For dinner, RSVP here, movie seating is first come first served. Watch the trailer.

February 22

Arlington Heights – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 1234 N Arlington Heights Rd.

February 23

Chicago – Poutine Fest 2 – This wil sellout the way Doughnut Fest has soldout. Chicagoans love food FESTs in the winter!

Chicago – Food Patriots Screening at Temple Shalom – 12:30pm – 2:30pm Temple Sholom 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Sponsored by Faith In Place

February 27

New!!! Logan Square – Seeds For Success:A Benefit for the Plant Chicago – 6-9pm Revolution Brewery Tap Room 3340 N. Kedzie Plant Chicago, NFP is excited to announce Seeds For Success, a fundraiser at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room to celebrate another great year of promoting closed loop food production and building reuse at The Plant!  The event will include:  light dinner fare and dessert, craft beers from Revolution Brewery, a silent auction with items from local Chicago businesses, raffle prizes from event sponsors

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show

March 22

Morton Grove - Spring Farmers Market – 9am -2pm Morton Grove Civic Center

March 23

Logan Square - Cheese & Wine Pairing 101 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N California Richard & Nicole Benjamin showcase a carefully-curated selection of wines & cheeses while talking about general pairing guidelines, and stories behind their products & the people who make them. Join them for a fun evening in the fashion of an informal dinner party. Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

March 31

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

 




ILLINOIS AGRICULTURAL GROUPS TO HOLD ‘MEET THE BUYERS’ EVENT FOR FARMERS

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Posted: January 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

 

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From a press release put out by the Illinois Farm Bueau:

Farmers throughout Illinois are invited to attend a Meet the Buyers event to meet local and regional food buyers Feb. 18, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Orland Civic Center in Orland Park, Ill.

“We have great plans for farmers to hear from several buyers and meet with the buyers one-on-one,” said Cynthia Haskins, manager of business development of compliance, Illinois Farm Bureau. “This will be our 14th Meet the Buyers event and we expect it to be one of our largest.”

Additionally, the Orland Civic Center provides a venue that will allow more buyers to participate and more farmers to attend.

“This event will include buyers who are looking for local fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, artisan cheeses, dairy, poultry and value-added products,” said Bob Rohrer, manager, Cook County Farm Bureau.

Plans are underway and buyers such as chefs, retail grocery stores and chains, foodservice distributors and schools have been invited to participate.

“In this industry the difficulty for producers often lies in making the right connections,” said Kendra Buchanan, local foods liaison, Illinois Department of Agriculture. “This event is the perfect setting for the proper people to meet and begin building working relationships.”

University of Illinois-Extension will present introductory information about two programs, MarketReady and Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs). MarketReady is a program designed to teach best commercial business practices between growers and various retail markets. GAPs are a set of recommendations that can help improve the quality and safety of the produce grown.

“This program gives farmers an opportunity to explore a wide variety of new market possibilities,” said Ellen Phillips, local food systems and small foods educator, University of Illinois Extension.

The following organizations are partnering to coordinate the one-day event: Illinois Farm Bureau, Cook County Farm Bureau, University of Illinois-Extension, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and several surrounding Farm Bureau offices.

The event is free to farmers. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to the Cook County Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276 by Feb. 14, 2014.




The Local Calendar 1/3/14 Happy New Year! Soup and Bread Starts Up Wednesday

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Posted: January 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

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Happy 2014!! Although the New Year has started there are still some carry over events from last year, like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, that you can still check out through Sunday. The temperature is suppose to be a balmy 29 degrees on Saturday so you can bundle up and get outside for those with a little cabin fever from all this snow! The Art and Appetite show at the Art Institute continues through the end of January and Illinois residents get in free Monday through Friday for the month of January. For foodies, farmies, foragers and even if you”re not any of those, the show has a lot of nooks and crannies to explore and through still lifes, shows the history of food production in the U.S. From the abundance of oysters at the beginning of the 19th century, to prohibition, the social dynamics of food, old menus, ads for food and more. The show is 4 years in the making so there are more layers to it than meets the eye. Some of your favorite Chicago chefs have aligned with a particular picture in the show and contributed recipes to an online cookbook, walk through the show and match the chef to the painting. The show closes January 27 so don’t delay.

With the start of the new year, River Valley Farmer’s Table opened in the old City Provisions Deli space on Wilson, just south of the Damen/Wilson Brown line stop. It is farm owned and operated and offers a respite from the lack of farmers markets during the winter months, not to mention that they are making some really good, soulful food, like soups and sandwiches. If only they were closer to where I lived, I would be in there almost everyday for breakfast. This is a great place to have on your list when you need to stock up on all things shroom and more and save your appetite for a filling breakfast, lunch or supper. Among other places, the holiday/winter issue of Edible Chicago magazines are available at the Farmers Table  as well as Sauce and Bread Kitchen to the north at Clark and Devon.

Looking back at 2013, there are just a few places I have to do a shout out to for all that they do in bringing authentically sourced and tasty, good food and ingredients for you to buy and not in any particular order: The Green Grocer, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, Coop Sauce, WeFarmAmerica, The Talking Farm, Green City Market, 61st Market, Red Meat Market, Bang Bang Pie shop, Katherine Anne ConfectionsPrairie Fruit Farms, Growing Power Chicago, Growing Home, the Butcher and Larder, Soup and Bread at The Hideout, Re-Thinking Soup at the Hull House and many more! Good food makes for great people!

 

                                                                                                       The Sustainable Week Ahead

Jan 3 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

January 3

Chicago - 6th Anniversary The Interview Show 6:30pm The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Hosted by Mark Bazar the guests include musician Robbie Fulks and chef Paul Kahan.

January 4

Chicago – C & D Family Farms will be making deliveries in Chicago today

Chicago - Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

Elgin - Winter Market Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building (2/1, 3/1, 4/5)

January 5

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market  10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

January 8-10

Springfield – Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference (ISCAOC) - Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

January 8

Chicago – Soup and Bread starts up for winter! It runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Each week of Soup & Bread has a theme—something to inspire cooks to new heights of culinary creativity. Want to get on the schedule to cook for Soup & Bread 2104? Check out the list of options on their site and then email them at soupnbread10@gmail.com with your preferred dates, or for more information go to soupandbread.net

SAVE THE DATE

January 12

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Winter Market – 9am – 2pm Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood Ave. (Markets 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/4)

Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market Temple Sholom 10am – 2pm 3480 North Lakeshore Drive

January 16

Chicago – Solemn Oath My Word Is My Bond Beer DinnerSmall Bar Division – 7-11pm 2049 West Division

January 17-19

Hyde Park - 5th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAMII The weekend starts off Friday night with a keynote on “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract.”  Keynote speaker Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Law School, The University of Chicago. Saturday includes a sustainability workshop lead by a “dream team of leading Chicago urbanag experts” Join us for a community design workshop comprised of expert growers and planners, who will design a one-acre, sustainable urban food forest with input from the audience and community partners. The distinguished group includes Erin Dumbauld, Farm Manager, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program; Ken Dunn, Founder and Director, Resource Center; Seneca Kern, Co-Founder of WeFarm America; Elan Margulies, Director Emeritus, Pushing the Envelope Farm; Dave Snyder of Chicago Rarities Orchard Project; and Michael Thompson, Co-Founder of Chicago Honey Co-op. Architect Robert Nevel, the founder of KAMII’s food justice and sustainability program and the synagogue’s president, will lead the workshop. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. Sunday continues with a day full of useful workshops that all are free.

January 18

Chicago – Art Gives Me Hope – A Benefit for Hope For The Day – Threadless Warehouse – 1260 West Madison 12:30pm – 4pm

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  For the winter months, markets will take place  2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

Oak Park - Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation 875 lake St.

January 21

Evanston – Farmers Market in JanuaryFound Kitchen and Social House 6:30pm 1631 Chicago -

January 23

Chicago – SmallBar Division Collab Beer Dinner with Three Floyds Brew Pub – 7pm 2049 West Division

January 25

Chicago – 61st Winter Market at Experimental Station – 6100 South Blackstone Ave 9am -2pm (Markets 2/22, 3/22, 4/26)

January 26

Chicago – Donut Fest

January 28-29

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents a dinner with Pipeworks Brewing 7-10pm SBK Kitchen 6338 North Clark St.

February 9

Lincoln Square – Softies & Stinkers Cheese Class 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2132 W. Leand Ave.

February 15

Chicago – Hog Break Down Class Red Meat Market – Learn about sustainably meat, how to breakdown a hog, eat a great meal and take home A LOT of meat!

February 16

Logan Square - Raclette Party  7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N. California

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show

March 22

Morton Grove - Spring Farmers Market – 9am -2pm Morton Grove Civic Center

March 23

Logan Square - Cheese & Wine Pairing 101 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N California

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese -